Love Where You Live … Today!

Making Elkhart County’s Vibrant Neighborhoods even better

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When you love where you live, you relish chances to contribute to the community and help make your neighborhood, workplace or city that much better.

Here’s how you can get involved:

Elkhart County is a place where quality craftsmanship, innovation and collaboration results in a well-crafted life.

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Vibrant Communities is an initiative to strengthen Elkhart County’s great communities.

This movement is guided by three core beliefs:


Economic growth depends on “quality of place.”


Successful places clearly understand who they are and what they offer.


Creativity and collaboration are key to shaping our future.

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CountywideFeatured NewsNappanee & WakarusaVibrant Neighborhoods
July 20, 2021

Wakarusa neighborhood forges new bonds over hot dogs and baked beans

Springtime is often a time for garage sales, but one Wakarusa neighborhood took it to the next level with the help of a Vibrant Neighborhoods microgrant. The County Road 38 neighborhood coordinated the garage sale date, but added in the opportunity for households to get…
CountywideFeatured NewsGoshenMiddlebury & Bristol
June 15, 2021

Pumpkinvine Nature Trail’s final gap coming to a close

After years of work, the final gap in the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail is being completed. Construction crews are at work on one section of the final gap, with the remainder to be completed in 2022. The reasons for that are complicated, writes Brittany Short, president…
CountywideElkhartFeatured NewsGoshenMiddlebury & BristolNappanee & WakarusaVibrant Neighborhoods
May 27, 2021

Elkhart neighborhood cleans up together for the good of everyone

"(I)f we don’t kind of connect with one another and try to maintain the neighborhood as a whole ... we can accomplish a lot more together.” Mark Datema of Elkhart saw the power of community when he applied for a Vibrant Neighborhoods grant. Helped by…
Shannon Oakes of Elkhart CountyCountywideFeatured NewsMiddlebury & Bristol
May 5, 2021

‘I love it here’: Shannon Oakes of Elkhart County is a Hoosier by Choice

"I love it here. I will always be a Hoosier." We couldn't have said it better. Those words, though, were spoken by a native of San Diego, California. Yes, really! See why Shannon Oakes is a Hoosier by Choice.

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